Hot Poop to host daylong live concert

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Hot Poop will be offer a healthy dose of music for those suffering from "vinyl fever" this weekend.

In honor of the fourth annual national Record Store Day, the downtown Walla Walla music store -- Washington's oldest independent record store -- will present a free daylong live concert series featuring Northwest musical groups Saturday.

The store, owned by "principal poop" Jim McGuinn at 210 E. Main St., will join hundreds of independent music stores in their own celebrations of music, art and culture. Limited-edition vinyl albums and seven-inch 45s of music from Ray LaMontagne, Mumford & Sons, the White Stripes, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Flogging Molly and more will be offered for sale, according to an announcement from Hot Poop.

Live music will be performed by Soul Status, Rubberneck, The Paces, Anna Okada Burgess, Table of Contents, Johnny No Land Band, DJ Jackstr, A Suicide Alibi, Take Back and Jumping Fountains. McGuinn is calling the parking lot performance behind the store as the "Presley Methodist Of The Assumed Paradise Parking Lot Barbecue Boogie Revival." Free Pepsi products and chips will be served. Backstage Bistro will sell its barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, too.

According to the announcement, the event reflects that record stores are "back in black." No, that doesn't necessarily mean their profit margins have turned around. It means the black vinyl once thought to be extinct is back on shelves and helping to restore a future for the industry.

Hot Poop operates 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 525-9080.

Downtown retailer Walla Walla Clothing Co. will host a Spring Fling sale event this weekend.

The event marks the celebratory shedding of winter layers with 10 percent off spring dresses, shoes and body slimmers, said owner Teresa Morasch.

The common thread throughout the sale, running Friday and Saturday at the store at 103 E. Main St., is fun and flirty outfits for spring events from weddings to graduations to lunch on the town.

Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 525-4783 or visit www.wallawallaclothing.com .

The first shipment of lumber was set to arrive today at Henry's Ace Hardware in Milton-Freewater.

Plans had been in the works for the Oregon hardware store to expand its offerings with lumber for several months.

Store owners Doug and Linda Henry had broached the expansion last October when they announced plans to move their store into the former Dollar Store building at 175 S. Main St.

"There's no place to buy lumber in town right now," Doug Henry said at the time. "We currently have just a few sticks of lumber, but if you want 10 two-by-fours you have to drive into Walla Walla."

An area on the west side of the building had been prepared and fenced off to accommodate the lumber products.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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